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In the one contested race for Richland supervisor, voters will choose between incumbent Herb Dankmyer and newcomer Chris McKelvey for an at-large seat.

Dankmyer, who is supervisors chairman, said he and his colleagues have seen the semi-rural township through sewer upgrades and burgeoning growth.

McKelvey, 35 said he thinks development in Richland is a forefront issue now more than ever.

Incumbent Democrat Raymond Kendrick is running uncontested for the seat representing districts 1 and 2.

Q: With development being the biggest issue in Richland, how do you propose managing that development?

Dankmyer: “We’ve expanded the sewer service to the area, and we’ve been able to more than double the road budget from when I first came on, putting back into the infrastructure of the township. … Last year and the year before were the boom years. Now, it’s starting to trail off. Like everything else, it sort of maximizes out, and then they start moving down the road.”

McKelvey: Building community partnerships, extending access to public sewers and increasing public safety is important. These issues are not being addressed enough by the current board.

Q: How do you propose keeping development moving forward?

Dankmyer: “We’re working on the (joint) comprehensive plan with Middlesex Township. We’re studying that right now.”

McKelvey: “I think that first and foremost, our zoning ordinance needs to be reviewed and evaluated and possibly changed. That will be crucial because we have seen developments that were clearly opposed by large numbers of residents, but because of the existing ordinance, there was no legal ground to deny those developments based on current zoning.”

Q: What types of development would you like to see•

Dankmyer: “It’s not what I want to see in Richland. … We have got to look at what properties are available and what will be available to sewers. More responsible development takes into account the needs of the community, as well as traffic, congestion, green space and that type of stuff. We want to do what’s best for the 9,000 Richland residents, not just the 25 who come to the meeting.”

McKelvey: “If a developer wants to develop, the burden should be on the developer to do it without decimating existing neighborhoods. I don’t feel that the existing charm and atmosphere of the township is acceptable collateral damage in the name of progress.”

Candidates


Herb Dankmyer

Residence: Richland

Age: 58

Occupation: Church relations and mission worker for Hosanna Industries

Education: Graduate of Shaler High School, bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh

Political Party: Republican

Political experience: Richland supervisor for past 16 years

Family: Married, one child

Chris McKelvey

Residence: Richland

Age: 35

Occupation: State director of development and field services for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Education: Graduate of Richland High School; attended St. Joseph Preparatory Seminary, Vienna, W.Va.; bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from Duquesne University

Political Party: Democrat

Political experience: Ran unsuccessfully as a write-in candidate for Richland supervisor in districts 5 and 6 in 2001

Family: Married, no children


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